Yemen: Six things you should know.

"The relentless conflict in Yemen has pushed a country already on the brink deep into the abyss." Henrietta H. Fore, UNICEF'S global Executive Director 1. Yemen was already poor – it is the Middle East’s poorest nation Now, because of the ...

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“The relentless conflict in Yemen has pushed a country already on the brink deep into the abyss.” Henrietta H. Fore, UNICEF’S global Executive Director

1. Yemen was already poor – it is the Middle East’s poorest nation

Now, because of the war, 18 million people (almost the entire population) need humanitarian assistance. It is the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. The conflict, now entering its fourth year, is fuelling the current food crisis, threatening the lives of over 11 million children.

2. Children are paying the highest price.

Since March 2015 when the conflict began, an average of six children have been killed or maimed every day. More than half of health facilities have stopped working, and 1,500 schools have been damaged due to airstrikes and shelling. No place in Yemen is safe for children.

An injured girl is being treated at a UNICEF supported hospital. She was injured along with her brothers and her uncle, while the family fled escalating violence in Hodeidah.  Credit: UNICEF/ Yemen 2018/ Ayyashi.

3. Right now, 11.3 million children (more than twice the entire population of Ireland) are in danger

Seven million people do not even know where their next meal will come from – and more than half of those are children. Millions are suffering from malnutrition – 400,000 are severely acutely malnourished – and need urgent help.

A severely malnourished child is monitored at a UNICEFsupported health centre in Yemen. Credit: UNICEF/ Yemen 2017/ Al-Karim.

4. UNICEF aid is getting through

By the end of 2017, UNICEF helped ensure nearly 6 million people had access to safe drinking water, 3,069 health facilities stayed open, 4.8 million children were vaccinated against polio, and 227,000 severely malnourished children got the life-saving treatment they needed. We are on the ground in Aden, Sanaa, Ibb, Hodeidah and Saada with a team of more than 250 staff dedicated to helping children.

A delivery of ready to-use therapeutic food is unloaded at a site in Yemen. Credit: UNICEF/ Yemen 2017/ Ghassan

5. Treating a child for malnutrition is not difficult or costly

A simple paste made from peanuts, oil, sugar, milk powder and vitamin and mineral supplements can revive a severely malnourished child in a matter of days. It is UNICEF’s most effective tool for treating severe acute malnutrition which, every year, threatens millions of children worldwide.

 

Bloating is a sign that a child is dangerously malnourished like this little girl who is being weighed at a health facility in Yemen. Credit: UNICEF/ Yemen 2016/ Al-Zikri

6. You can make the difference that counts

None of what we do for children would be possible without people like you. It is your kindness and generosity that saves lives. Your action that counts. If you would like to support UNICEF’s work with children in Yemen, please visit our donation page today. We rely entirely on contributions from our supporters to deliver our lifesaving work and programmes for children around the world. 

UNICEF has 250 skilled staff on the ground ready to deliver your life-saving help to the children who need it most. Credit: UNICEF/ Yemen 2017/ Alsamai